Dec 22, 2012 5:00am PST
conference in washington, d.c. we'll have more on the nra in just a moment. right now i'm joined by tom kotz, kaley elkins, rich lucivella of "s.w.a.t." magazine, and jackie kellens. thank you for being here. they promised, quote, meaningful contributions to stop gun violence but in a press conference in which the organization took no questions, the executive vice president and ceo wayne lapier's only contribution was his call for armed guards inside all of the nation's schools. >> i call on congress today to act immediately to appropriate whatever is necessary to put armed police officers in every single school in this nation. and to do it now to make sure that blanket safety is in place when our kids return to school in january. >> for 30 minutes lapierre went on a tread that was steadfast, unyielded and trying to blame violence on the insane monster that is pop late our society. but it turned into a glimpse inside the mind of the man who makes the nra, the lobbying arm of the firearms industry, tick. it was easily the most riveting, chilling and revealing spectacle that i have witnessed.
Dec 30, 2012 12:00pm PST
it is one or both of those things. >> let's bring in the congressional reporter for the washington post. are we looking at the real possibility that these negotiations will be passed on to the next congress? >> well, we are certainly getting closer and there is still time to go. the fact that mitch mcconnell and joe biden are now leading these talks is actually somewhat encouraging because these two have cut deals before. they have served together for quite a while in the senate. they were part of the debt ceiling negotiations last year and it was believed that mitch mcconnell would be brought in to these negotiations. the fact that they are still talking and on capitol hill yesterday and here today and remains hopeful that something can come suggests they are eager to cut some kind of a deal. we will have to wait and see whether or not it is conceivable by the end of the day. >> you wrote an article titled "the fiscal cliff is just an early battle in a war that democrats are going to win" where do you think republicans went wrong? >> well, you know, the problem for republicans i think
Dec 30, 2012 5:00am PST
by jamelle buoy. a staff writer for the american prospect magazine and "washington post" reporter, suzy kim. kevin williamson, dep deputy mag editor and a nonprofit group that advocates for social and economic equality. we're one day away from what most media are calling the fiscal cliff. if political concoction enacted by congress to frighten itself into passing deficit reduction measures which means unless congress acts in the next 48 hours the bush tax cuts will expire along with federal unemployment insurance and a broad package of the spending cuts including defense spending will take effect. do weeks of fruitless negotiations and john boehner and senate leader are working on a deal this morning to avoid the fiscal cliff, or as chris hayes and i call it, the fiscal curve. the deadline is soft. it's not like every american is going to be handed a bill on january 1st and there's way to manage the damage if the country goes over. the senate is set to convene this afternoon with the house to follow tonight. there's a chance that a compromise will be reached, less than 48 hours before tax r
Dec 29, 2012 1:00pm PST
and text. get a spectrum 2 by lg for $49.99 >> it's a hazy winter day new washington, d.c., hard to see how congressional leaders will work it out in the next fraetd hours to keep the country from falling off the so-called fiscal cliff. i'm craig melvin and you are watching msnbc, with all the focus on the fiscal cliff, will there be action on gun control. meanwhile, we are going to talk to an attorney general that wants to arm teachers to protect students. and the race to fill john kerry's senate seat. first, fiscal cliff talks. countdown clock tot screen. the senate is shouldering most of the weight of that deadline. senate leaders working behind closed doors to come up with a cliff compromise, something that the house and the president has failed to do so is far. the president has tasked senator majority leader harry reed. >> i have asked senator reed to do it, put a by on the floor to make sure that taxes on middle class families do not go up. and unemployment insurance is still available for two million people and lays the groundwork for economic growth and deficit reduction. >> everyt
Dec 23, 2012 5:00am PST
of closed car door talks lawmakers in washington left town for the holidays on friday without an agreement to avert what we're calling the fiscal curb. a series of automatic tax increases and spending cuts to take affect a week from now. a moment this week, the two sides seemed on the cusp of a deal. that would have involved at least one major concession from president obama. to cut social security benefits. the cuts wouldn't have been direct. they would have come from a tweak to the way the social security benefits are calculated. here's how it works. right now the amount of money a retireee gets from the government gets is changed due to the index. when inflakes goes up, social security recipients see their payments go up the same amount to keep up with the cost of living. obama proposes switching to "chained cpi. "the name is opaque but the name is simple. the chained cpi rises more slow lie than regular cpi. if you yoois chain cpi to calculate social security benefits the amounts of the social security checks will rise more slowly, as well, against inflation. for about two days, this m
Dec 1, 2012 5:00am PST
right now in washington, and i was cheered to see the president's opening bid, but the consensus in washington is that we have to come up with a grand bargain, dot dot dot we have to do something with entitlements. this is the big thing. something about entitlements. i just don't understand why that's the case. the reason i don't understand why that's the case is the big problem is the rate of growth of health care costs. i think we can all agree on that, right? >> yes. >> now medicare -- the rate of growth in medicare is significantly lower than the rate of growth of health care costs in the private sector. it's doing a better job of controlling cost relative to the private sector. then we just passed a huge bill that was incredibly contentious, which is called the affordable care act. the vast majority of the legislative language of which is about controlling costs in health care over the future. so it seems to me like the reasonable thing to do is to wait four years, five years, implement the bill and see if the cost control measures that have been put it in place, fought abou
Dec 29, 2012 5:00am PST
of america and motion pictures association of america have tremendous power in washington. >> let me show an example of this. this is former senator from connecticut, senator chris dodd, who is now head of the mpa. he's telling those in hollywood not to expect money if they don't vote for the stop online piracy act that was pushed by our employer here and the mpa. those who count on, quote, hollywood for support need to understand that this industry is watching very carefully who is going to stand up for them when their job is at stake. don't ask me to write a check for you when you think your job is at risk and then don't pay attention to me when my job is at stake. >> the question i think i want to ask is, this has happened both in copyright and patent where people on the left and right agree with that. the question is, what to do about it? let's talk about that after this. [ male announcer ] you like who you are... and you learned something along the way. this is the age of knowing what you're made of. so, why let erectile dysfunction get in your way? talk to your doctor about viagra.